So we are used to refrigerating our milk and eggs, but that’s not how everyone rolls around the world. While it may freak us out to see unrefrigerated milk or eggs its perfectly normal in many places.
Non refrigerated Eggs
It is quite common across Europe for many people to not refrigerate eggs. England, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, ect all have people who don’t refrigerate their eggs. That doesn’t mean we in the US can not refrigerate eggs!! We prep eggs for preservation and selling differently in the US than how much of the world does. In the US ( and Australia and Japan ) freshly produced eggs get washed to kill chances of bacterial growth. However this process also removes the eggs natural barrier to prevent it from absorbing bad bacteria. So our eggs get refrigerated
These are Eggs. Eggs on a shelf. Eggs on a non refrigerated shelf in Chile.
image from: http://informfitness.com/unrefrigerated-egg/
Non refrigerated Milk
So apparently you can find non refrigerated milk or shelf stable milk in the states if you look for it but as we all know most of our milk is refrigerated. But in France it is very common for milk to not be refrigerated. Again do not try this at home (unless you bought the specific shelf stable milk to do so). It comes down to the pasteurization and packaging process. Shelf stable milk is processed with UHT (Ultra High Temperature) Pasteurization, and then put into aseptic or sterile packaging.
Ah the infamous Canadian bagged milk. Who DOES THAT?? Ok well obviously Canada does that. As for the why, well it was an innovative solution to the traditional glass bottles. Glass bottles were heavy and added weight and transportation costs. Bagged milk was introduced as a lightweight alternative around the time Canada switched to the metric system and was much more adaptable to being resized to fit the metric system than other containers. So now Canada has bagged milk as a norm.